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Never again: Michel Platini on the 30th anniversary of Heysel

On the 30th anniversary of the Heysel disaster, UEFA President Michel Platini pays tribute to those who died and says making sure it never happens again fuels him today.

A plaque outside the King Baudouin Stadium - formerly Heysel - commemorates the disaster
A plaque outside the King Baudouin Stadium - formerly Heysel - commemorates the disaster ©Getty Images

On the 30th anniversary of the Heysel disaster, UEFA President Michel Platini, in the Juventus side against Liverpool FC that fateful night, pays tribute to the 39 who died and to all those affected who will never forget.

Thirty years ago, I played in a European Champion Clubs' Cup final at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels. And I continue to play in that final. It hasn't left me, just like it hasn't left anyone else who was there that night, and remains with all those who lost a loved one, for whom everything changed in a few terrible minutes.

Thirty years later, I am the President of UEFA, the organisation that organised this match, and I am working every day with all my colleagues and friends at the national associations, leagues and clubs to ensure that we will never again experience the horror of such a night. We have been working unceasingly for the last 30 years to guarantee safety and security at sporting venues across Europe.

On the 30th anniversary of that fateful night, my thoughts are with the 39 people who lost their lives, and, of course, with their friends and families. I can only express my deepest sympathy and reiterate that I am still doing everything in my power to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

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